Patent Anatomy and Hygiene




About the Course:

You can’t value what you can’t read. Thus, you can’t value a patent if you can’t get a firm grasp of its anatomy.

This course provides an unbeatable primer on understanding the impact of the information conveyed on patents. Through a detailed case study in which a patent is thoroughly examined, Paul Rossler provides explanation and insight into dozens of aspects of patent anatomy and patent hygiene.

The following are among the parts of patent anatomy that are thoroughly dissected:


  • Abstract
  • Attorney’s name
  • Claims counts
  • Class codes
  • Date of issuance
  • Drawings and drawing counts
  • Examiner’s name
  • Inventors’ names and places of residency
  • Patent term adjustments
  • Patent number
  • Preferred embodiments
  • Prior art references
  • Specifications
  • Title of invention

The following are among the issues discussed during this webinar:

  • What do the letters–A, B, P, S–mean after patent numbers on the cover of patents?
  • What are the risks of assuming that a patent’s drawings accurately reflect its claims?
  • What is the term for describing what claims begin with?
  • What does double patenting mean?
  • What are preambles in claims always followed by?
  • What are transitional phrases found in claims followed by?
  • Where in a claim is a “proper antecedent basis” required?
  • What happens to claim scope when claims include more added requirements?
  • What does “means for” language mean?
  • What should drawing elements be mapped to?
  • What constitutes infringement in terms of claims analysis?
  • How can a patent analyst audit the actual device (or proposed design) against claim requirements?
  • How many claims do design patents invariably have?
  • When reviewing a patent’s prosecution history, which discoveries would be cause for concern?

Course Leaders: Paul Rossler, Shareholder, Gable Gotwals

Paul Rossler is a shareholder in the Tulsa office of GableGotwals. He serves as outside intellectual property counsel to a diverse client base. Paul assists clients with their intellectual property strategy, helps secure their US and international intellectual property rights, and provides post-grant and litigation support when asserting or defending their rights. He has extensive background and experience in a number of technologies, including oil and gas, alternative energy, composite materials and compositions, automotive, manufacturing processes, measuring devices, medical devices, and software.

Prior to practicing law, Paul served on the engineering faculty at Kettering University and Oklahoma State University. At Oklahoma State, he taught in and directed the Engineering & Technology Management Program for practicing engineers, scientists and technologists. He continues to teach engineering law and engineering management courses at Oklahoma State University.

Paul’s court admissions include the United States Patent & Trademark Office, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States District Courts for the Northern District and Western District of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and all Oklahoma District courts. He is also a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma. Paul also serves on the board of Goodwill Industries of Tulsa and is a past President of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section.

Course Length: Approx. 2.0 hours

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